While it is very easy to ‘passively’ forgive an offender, with a simple ‘I forgive you’, the challenge comes when you are reminded of their offence every time you see them. Or when you find it hard to get rid of that negative memory. Sometimes these recurring memories and feelings, make you question whether you have really forgiven them or not. So what do we do when we have forgiven but we still remember?
Forgiveness does not excuse the offending behaviour. Forgiveness excuses the offender. The fact that God forgives us of sin, does not make sinning okay. The fact that we forgive someone of their sin towards us, does not make the sin okay. When we forgive, we are saying to that person, you are bigger and better than what you did against me. I choose to see you over the sin.
Can I be real with you? I get angry. Like, emotionally angry and recently it hasn't been towards people that hurt me. My anger has been towards those that have hurt people dear to me. I've subconsciously been dragging this hurt, evil thoughts, hatred, desire for revenge...and honestly, its made me feel numb. I know … Continue reading When They Hurt The Ones You Love
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. - Colossians 3:12-13 (NIV) Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ, God forgave you. - Ephesians 4:32 … Continue reading Call The Fashion Police! What Are YOU Wearing?